How to Send Your Location to a Friend on an Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

You can use your Android phone to send your current location to a friend. If your pal has a phone with smarts similar to those of your Android phone, he can use the coordinates to get directions to your location. Maybe he’ll even bring tacos!

To send your current location to someone else, obey these steps:

  1. Long-press your current location on the map.

    To see your current location, tap the Location icon in the lower right corner of the Maps app screen.

    After long-pressing your location (or any location), you see a card displayed showing the approximate address.

  2. Tap the card, and then tap the Share icon.

    Share your location with a friend.

    Share your location with a friend.
  3. Choose the app to share the location.

    For example, choose the phone’s text messaging app, Gmail, Email, or whichever useful app is listed.

  4. Use the selected app to complete the process of sending your location to someone else.

As an example, you can send your location by using the phone’s text messaging app. The recipient can tap the link in the text message to open your location in his phone’s Maps app.